After the 'pran pratishtha' of Ramlalla at Ayodhya temple on Monday (22 January), the murti of the deity will be known as "Balak Ram" as it depitcs a five-year-old Lord Ram in a standing posture.
"The idol of Lord Ram, whose consecration was done on January 22, has been named as 'Balak Ram'. The reason for naming the idol of Lord Ram as 'Balak Ram' is that he resembles a child, whose age is five years," Arun Dixit, a priest associated with the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
He added that when he saw the murti for the first time, he was thrilled and tear started rolling down his face.
"I cannot explain the feeling I experienced then," he said.
The Varanasi-based priest, who has conducted nearly 50-60 'pran pratishtha' ceremonies, said, "Of all the consecrations (I have) performed so far, this is the most 'alaukik (divine)' and 'sarvoch' (supreme) for me".
The 'Pran Pratistha' of Lord Ram at Ayodhya Temple was conducted on Monday with all religious rituals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the religious ceremony as the mukhya (chief) yajmaan.
The old murti of Ram Lalla, which was earlier kept in a makeshift shrine, has been placed in front of the new murti.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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